She made her son's costume from scraps of felt.
Recent Examples on the Web
Made from felt and hot glue, these homemade candy ornaments add a whimsical touch to your tree.—Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 Nov. 2023 Customize each Christmas gnome with colorful felt and wood beads.—Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 26 Oct. 2023 To make, cut the felt into 7-inch strips, about 1/2 inch to 1 inch in width.—Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 Oct. 2023 Artsy Adults class at library An Artsy Adults Fall Stitching class is from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 in the Escondido Public Library’s Turrentine Room, 239 S. Kalmia St. Participants can create a fall decoration using different seasonal felt shapes and buttons.—Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Oct. 2023 Evan Agostini/Invision/AP While not one of the major food groups, a bagel and a schmear made of felt might satisfy your appetite for art.—John Carucci, Fortune, 4 Oct. 2023 Create ghosts by putting white gauze over a few of the twig balls and add black felt circles for eyes.—Megan Boettcher, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 Oct. 2023 Wakanda Forever star wearing a large black-colored felt rose on her dress.—Tommy McArdle, Peoplemag, 27 Sep. 2023 And the felt is also a problem: a blended combination of wool and nylon that cannot be recycled.—CBS News, 6 Sep. 2023
The work also shows off the artist’s technical skills with a felting needle, from the texture of the chair’s wood grain to the girl’s hair and the little Pittsburgh Steelers diamonds studding her clothing.—Grace Edquist, Vogue, 20 Oct. 2023 Arnold increasingly collaborates with others, gathering diverse groups to work together to create large-scale felts.—Susan Brown, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 June 2023 Included in the set are four different types of felting needles, wool yarn, key chain attachments, phone lanyards, a felting pad, an awl, jump ring openers, and screw eyes.—Talia Abbas, Glamour, 28 Mar. 2023 The material most often used in the process of felting is wool.—Susan Brown, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 June 2023 There are also a few other accessories to help you with a variety of projects including three bobbins, a pack of needles, two spool pin felts, a needle plate screwdriver, a seam ripper, an all-purpose foot, a zipper foot, and an instruction manual.—Brandi Fuller, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 Apr. 2023 Needle felting Googly eyes, squishy snouts, rounded little noggins?—Talia Abbas, Glamour, 28 Mar. 2023 Sesma spent several years as an administrator of a partial-hospitalization psychiatric program and founded a cultural consulting firm, but she felt called by her ancestors to follow a spiritual healing path and serve her community.—Karen Garciastaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 8 Feb. 2023 The change was met with some backlash from customers who felt short changed.—Chloe Taylor, Fortune, 8 Feb. 2023 See More
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Middle English felt, felte, feelte, going back to Old English felt (only in glosses), going back to West Germanic *felt-, *filt-, probably from a neuter s-stem paradigm *feltaz-/*filtiz- (whence also Old Saxon filt "coarse woolen cloth, blanket," Middle Dutch vilt, vilte, velt "felt," Old High German filz "coarse woolen cloth, felt cover"), of uncertain origin
Germanic *feltaz- "felt" has traditionally been taken as an e-grade ablaut derivative corresponding to o-grade in Old High German falzan, felzan "to inset grooves in a sword blade," falzunga "joint, juncture," continued in Middle High German by givalzen "damaged, knocked or chopped off," velzen "to inlay (gemstones)," valz "mating of birds, channel in a sword blade, middle of a double-edged blade (where two pieces are joined), groove separating the back and cover of a bookbinding." Outside German the only apparent Germanic verbal cognate is modern East Frisian falten "to break down flax fiber," and falte "tool used to soften flax." (See A. Lloyd and R. Lühr, Etymologisches Wörterbuch des Althochdeutschen, Band 3, pp. 44-45.) The original meaning of this verb is taken to have been "to strike, beat," with beating taken to be part of the felt-making process. Another likely nominal derivative of this verb is contained in a word for "anvil" in West Germanic: Old English anfealt, Old High German anafalz (with *falt-) alongside Old English anefilt, anefilte, Middle Dutch aenvilte, anevilte (with *feltja-) (see anvil). Germanic *felt-, *falt- has been further connected to a presumed Indo-European *pel-d-, *pol-d-, from which also allegedly descends Latin pellere "to beat against, push, strike." However, this reconstruction of pellere has more recently been disfavored on both phonetic and semantic grounds—see pulse entry 1. Also of relevance to Germanic *feltaz- is the Slavic etymon represented by Old Russian/Russian Church Slavic pŭlstĭ "felt, felt rug," Russian polst' "felt" (now largely superseded by vójlok, of Turkic origin), Serbian (regional) pȕst, Slovene pôlst, Czech plst, Polish pilść; for pre-Slavic the etymon has been reconstructed as *pl̥d-ti "act of pounding, something pounded" (see C. Michiel Driessen, "Towards an Indo-European Term for 'felt'," Journal of Indo-European Studies, vol. 32 , pp. 25-42). Though the relationship is suggestive, a common etymon for "felt" and definite connections to an Indo-European verbal root are still lacking. See also pileus.
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a